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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.
MattKat

I Just Bought These At A Regular Store

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I guess they loose stuff pretty easily & for a LONG time there... :P I dont know what to do with them, but I figured they were there, they were Empire, they're mine! :) I just thought it was neat to see something from Empire in a store still. :) Now I'm afraid to open them!

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worse cleaning service ever! and id rip them open :) just me. value means nothing to me if im gonna keep them forever and ever and not sell them.

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I think you should have a custom display case built for them. Make sure it has a constant temperature of 72 degrees and it needs to be 2 layers of bullet proof glass with heat sensors.

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1989 date on there. Nice find, Matt. Where did you get those? Any left, neighbor? If the hole on top is about an inch, you can make a string of C7s with those pumpkins as light covers, kinda similar to a product Blinky used to sell. If it's much bigger than an inch, well, it would take more work but could still be done.

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1989 date on there. Nice find, Matt. Where did you get those? Any left, neighbor? If the hole on top is about an inch, you can make a string of C7s with those pumpkins as light covers, kinda similar to a product Blinky used to sell. If it's much bigger than an inch, well, it would take more work but could still be done.

I got them at the FIM store in Arlington Heights. They only had 3 bags left and it cost, get this, 54 cents total for all three! I had to think about it while I looked around the rest of the store, but I figured for less than a dollar for all three, I could make some little table decoration flower pots or something with them... :) The holes are too big for a C7, but if I want, I can make them fit. I'll find something to do with them. lol :P

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hang them from a tree along with ghosts and other decorations :P i did that this year. didnt post pics im sure i stole the idea from somebody at one time.... looks neat

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Are the holes big enough to fit over a small kids flashlight? I know growing up we had flash lights and you could put blow molds on the top of them depending on the season. Boy do I wish I still had those........

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